Jack3210111, at this point you don't have a true diagnosis so it's a bit premature to worry so much about
your future career, future medications, your growth and so forth. Rather, I'd focus on getting a true diagnosis and returning to full health as quickly as you can. Generally speaking, seeing blood in stool is a complaint that can lead to an IBD diagnosis like ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, or it can be an infection like c diff or colorectal cancer. You've had multiple stool tests already, so I bet they've already ruled out an infection.
You need a colonoscopy with biopsies for a formal IBD diagnosis and I'd see what you can do to get one quickly and affordability done. Is the Spain option affordable or very expensive?
Try not to worry. Most of us do live pretty normal lives with uc, when we're in remission we're essentially normal. We have good jobs, families, and achieve our varying life goals and dreams. So having an IBD diagnosis is okay. Uc can be an extra challenge as everyone flares eventually. We just intervene quickly and try to make that flare as short as possible. We've got posters on the forum who've got real mild cases, moderate cases, and severe cases which covers the full spectrum of uc. Many have easy cases and uc is minimal trouble. A few have had surgery because their case was not responsive to any medicine treatment.
Certainly some of the worries and anxieties that you're expressing are normal, and ones we all share as well. As uc gives us anxieties about
the future as there's a degree of uncertainty when we'll flare again, how bad, how long etc. IBD can lead to depression, health anxieties, body image issues (rapid weight gain and/or loss) among other things.
The military can be picky on applicants who have health conditions, it really depends what your diagnosis is and how well it is managed. You'd have to have new health screenings to join, and the military would comb through your health records in great detail. So, I doubt you can hide a diagnosis from them. You'd be better to say here's what I have and it's been well controlled and hope for the best. If you have ano interest in serving in the Navy, then I'd talk with recruiters and ask them how an IBD diagnosis would impact you as an applicant.
You seem quite smart, inquisitive and perhaps just a little head-strong, I'd be cautious of googling everything related to IBD as there's always horror stories and claims of miracle cures that aren't worth it. IBD can be a challenge and very individual on treatments. I understand your apprehension and cynicism toward medications but I feel that might hinder your treatment and quality of life as an IBD patient. Try to keep an
open mind to any treatment and not close doors.
As a possible IBD patient I'd recommend avoiding NSAID's (aspirin etc) as they can worsen our symptoms. Fiber supplements like Metamucil can help our stools be more formed and reduce frequency. Certain things can aggravate our symptoms like caffeine, alcohol, and spicy hot foods (pepper oils are indigestible and burn from lips to anus).
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John, 38, in a minor flare, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; 50mgs 6MP, 4.8g Lialda, 15mgs pred (tapering)You might have UC if a "You Only Live Once" decision applies to a food or beverage that you know will be a big, big regret next morning. Mr colon is going to throw himself a fit when he sees this, oh well.
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